Colon cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the colon. Health history affects the risk of developing colon cancer. Signs of colon cancer include blood in the stool or a change in bowel habits. Tests that examine the colon and rectum are used to diagnose colon cance
Loading the player...Colon Cancer Screening & Treatment Dr. Duncan Miller, B. Sc, MD, discusses colon cancer screening & treatment.
Loading the player...Mens and Womens Colon Cancer Dr. Duncan Miller, B. Sc, MD, discusses colon cancer.
As far as screening for colon cancer goes, it really depends on your family history as to when you start screening for it. So, for example, if you have a mother, or a father, or a sibling that has been diagnosed with colon cancer, you really wanna start screening about ten years before their age of diagnosis.
Similarly, if you have symptoms such as pain in your abdomen, change in your bowel habits, or bleeding from your rectum, you wanna start screening then rather than waiting later. Speak with your local Urologist for more information.
But your average person, 50 years of age is an appropriate time. Usually, we do one of two things. I either collect stool samples to screen for microscopic amounts of blood, which is s telltale sign of colon cancer, or the gold standard, which is a colonoscopy.
A local Urologist TO is a great place to start in your information quest for Prostate Cancer. Most people view a colonoscopy as something, you know, to be faced with dread, but in actuality, the preparation for the procedure is far worse than the procedure itself, which is actually quite comfortable and usually done in a hospital setting. Often seeing a local family physician or a physiotherapist in conjunction with a registered dietitian and athletic therapist is a great option to take control of this condition.
So, all in all, colon cancer being the second most common type of cancer death, is really an easily preventable disease by screening regularly and taking step to prevent it. If you have any concerns at all, you should be in touch with your primary healthcare provider and ask for more specific information.
Just remember that treatment for your condition will vary with the individual and the condition they may have, so always consult your primary healthcare provider for more information. Presenter: Dr. Duncan Miller, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC
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